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Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes Pic!

On this Christmas Eve… um… Eve, I bring to you the first of three back to back Christmas themed (sorta) Behind the Scenes pics!

I’m trying desperately to get something good on A Christmas Story from a source who should have some amazing stuff, but in the event that doesn’t happen we still have three timeless Christmas BTSs.

I grant you the below picture isn’t exactly filled with Christmas cheer, but Die Hard is absolutely a Christmas film and long traditional yuletide viewing in my household. Besides being one of the greatest action movies of all time, Die Hard is also filled with so much Christmas imagery and joyfulness that it just felt right to begin the holidays in earnest with a picture of John McTiernan, Bruce Willis and Alan Rickman. Correct me if I’m wrong, but that looks like the “Shoot the glass” scene, yeah? God, what a fun set that must have been…



Tomorrow’s pic is actually pics, plural… rare photos straight from the director from one of the most Christmasy movies ever. Oh, and I should also mention that tomorrow’s BtSPotD comes with a contest to win an autographed Blu-Ray/DVD set, so come by tomorrow before putting the cookies out for Santa and check out the Christmas presents BtSPotD has for you!

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  • Dec. 23, 2010, 3:23 p.m. CST

    Favorite Christmas Movie

    by Blanket-Man

    Yippie Kay Yay!

  • Dec. 23, 2010, 3:29 p.m. CST

    I prefer SE7EN for christmas eve

    by MapMan

    No real christmas themes in it but still an enjoyable thriller that I never get tired of. Might also watch Magnolia.

  • Dec. 23, 2010, 3:30 p.m. CST

    DIE HARD is SUCH a great flick...

    by theDORK

    ...I can even forgive the needless inclusion of idiotic shithead Deputy Police Chief Dwayne T. Robinson, in an otherwise perfect action film. Gotta love Paul Gleason, rest his soul, but what were the filmmakers thinking?

  • Dec. 23, 2010, 3:39 p.m. CST

    christmas eve

    by claxdog

    I watch this movie every Christmas eve this year I get to watch the blu ray.

  • Dec. 23, 2010, 3:40 p.m. CST

    Best Xmas movie ever.

    by disfigurehead

  • Dec. 23, 2010, 3:44 p.m. CST


    by nobodycallsmcflyachicken

    Dwayne T. was in the book.

  • Dec. 23, 2010, 3:47 p.m. CST

    Best Action/Christmas Film = Lethal Weapon

    by Acquanetta

    Both are perennial favorites of mine, but I'm surprised Die Hard always gets more mention as a Christmas flick. Sure, it takes place at a Christmas eve party and has a couple festive songs, but that's about it. By comparison, nearly every scene in Lethal Weapon has some mention of the holiday. It open and closes with Christmas songs, utilizes a seasonal theme for its crimes (ie. tree lot drug bust; Christmas party jumper), and most of the sets are decorated for the occasion.

  • Dec. 23, 2010, 3:49 p.m. CST

    Stallone's Cobra is a good one for the holidays

    by nobodycallsmcflyachicken

  • Dec. 23, 2010, 4:08 p.m. CST

    acquanetta well said.

    by jack black

    I have never perceived DH as a christmas movie as much as LW.

  • Dec. 23, 2010, 4:08 p.m. CST

    oh and dont forget Busey's line when he

    by jack black

    crashes into the house with the police-car and yells: the day is fucking xmas.

  • Dec. 23, 2010, 4:09 p.m. CST

    Come out to the coast, we'll get together....

    by Gene_Parmesan

    have a few laughs. Paul Gleason's inclusion allowed the following line to happen: "I'm no the one who just got butt-fucked on national TV, DWAYNE". Along with Argyle's reaction. God I love Christmas.

  • Dec. 23, 2010, 4:15 p.m. CST

    It's the scene where Rickman pretends to be Clay

    by bohdi71

  • Dec. 23, 2010, 4:17 p.m. CST

    Oh my god...

    by Little Beavis

    the quarterback is toast!

  • Dec. 23, 2010, 4:21 p.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    bohdi, don't think it's the scene where Rickman pretends to be Clay. They're in a service tunnel with all the wiring for that one. I like the way Rickman wields the pistol though... with a touch of disdain as if it's beneath him.

  • Dec. 23, 2010, 4:22 p.m. CST

    Thx quint! This is indeed the best Christmas movie ever made.

    by Tigger Tales

    Home Alone and Elf are two other top contenders.

  • Dec. 23, 2010, 4:23 p.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    It was nice to see Willis cameo in THE EXPENDABLES, only a brief scene but he had that twinkle in his eye back which has been lacking in recent years.

  • Dec. 23, 2010, 4:28 p.m. CST

    GLASS? Who gives a shit about glass, who da fuck is this??

    by Iblis_mage

    I was one of the very first people to catch this when it sneaked in my hometown, July of '88. Still one of the most rockin' action flicks ever, and I could easily sit here and post quotes well into Boxing Day.

  • Dec. 23, 2010, 4:28 p.m. CST

    The scene is when Rickman gets the gun from Wills

    by jack black

    and starts talking in the walkie-talkie in german while pointing Willis with the gun Willis just gave me.McTiernan explains to the two actors how to play the scene. and you call yourselves geeks? HA.

  • Dec. 23, 2010, 4:30 p.m. CST

    The Car

    by nobodycallsmcflyachicken

    send in The Car

  • Dec. 23, 2010, 4:36 p.m. CST

    They're calling for snow in my area on Christmas Day

    by Ronald Raygun

    Which means I'll be watching John Carpenter's The Thing.

  • Dec. 23, 2010, 4:37 p.m. CST

    Schiess dem Fenster!

    by GunRunner

  • Dec. 23, 2010, 4:44 p.m. CST

    "You ask for miracles,

    by Ben_Richards_Bomb_Collar

    I give you the F ... B ... I."

  • Dec. 23, 2010, 4:49 p.m. CST

    I was in junior high dickhead

    by Mr Soze

    "I'm not the one who just got butt fucked on national tv"

  • Dec. 23, 2010, 5:01 p.m. CST

    Now I have a machine gun.......

    by otm shank

    HO HO HO

  • Dec. 23, 2010, 5:16 p.m. CST

    Gleason has the best line in the whole movie...

    by Smerph

    "I guess we're going to need some more FBI guys". Show the love, he's awesome in Die Hard. Hell, everyone is. The movie doesn't put a foot wrong.

  • Dec. 23, 2010, 6:33 p.m. CST

    Alan Rickman in Die Hard=one of the best death scenes ever

    by Meadowe

    I remember hearing that they purposely dropped him earlier than expeqted, so the looq on his face when he falls is genuine.

  • Dec. 23, 2010, 6:34 p.m. CST

    The Christmas season doesn't start until I've watched

    by sweeneydave

    Die Hard and Gremlins. But I love the scene at the end when "Carl" from Family Matters shoots the bad guy and then almost shoots the limo driver until Bruce Willis says, "He's with me." HA!!! It's FUNNY because back in the day "Carl" accidentally shot and killed a kid who was wielding a toy pistol! HA! And he's been behind a desk ever since! HA! And we almost had a repeat casualty due to his trigger-happy state of mind! HA!

  • Dec. 23, 2010, 6:38 p.m. CST


    by Meadowe

    "it was sweet when they killed Ellis." too freaqin true!

  • Dec. 23, 2010, 6:40 p.m. CST

    Watched Die Hard 1 &2...

    by eustisclay

    ...last week, plus Lethal Weapon. I usually watch them on Xmas eve, b ut this year I won some contest on EW's facebook site. Had to write a haiku and won blurays of Elf, A Christmas Story and Polar Express on 3d, so I'll be watching those(have to watch Polar Express on 2d though). Might squeeze in The Silen Partner, though.

  • Dec. 23, 2010, 6:41 p.m. CST

    SilenT Partner

    by eustisclay

  • Dec. 23, 2010, 7:06 p.m. CST


    by theKRELL

    i think its seau coo', the thing with the 'q'. You geau girl.

  • Dec. 23, 2010, 9:32 p.m. CST

    LETHAL WEAPON is the Best Christmas Movie Ever

    by slone13

    DIE HARD and GREMLINS are second and third.

  • Dec. 23, 2010, 10:20 p.m. CST

    "Bag it"...

    by GravyAkira

    ... "Big Time." I love this movie too much!

  • Dec. 23, 2010, 10:27 p.m. CST

    Lightning in a bottle.

    by Munro Kelly

    Like Raiders of the Lost Ark, I consider Die Hard, lightning in a bottle. Notice that while both series had good to entertaining sequels, they never came close to the first. Everything just came together, everyone brought their A game.

  • Dec. 23, 2010, 10:29 p.m. CST

    Best. Christmas Movie. Ever.

    by BackwardGalaxy

    Die Hard.

  • Dec. 23, 2010, 11:04 p.m. CST

    Thanks for the Paul Gleason shout out!

    by Joaquin_Ondamoon

    I was just talking about 'Breakfast Club' at work today ("it's an imperfect world - screws fall out.") and we were like "Who was that guy who played the douchebag teacher?" Now I get to score bonus points at work! That being said, "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation" always gets a showing in my house on xmas eve, along with 'Home Alone.' If we're gonna compare DH with LWeapon, I'm going with Bruce & Co. Fucking Robert Davi - "Whoo-hoo! Just like fucking Saigon, eh kid?!" "I was in high school asshole!" And the great Rick Ducommon (where's THAT fucking guy?) "Lose the grid, or lose your job!" Every line is golden. A perfect storm of 'A' talent bringin' it! (best line in LWfor me was always"WHO'S FUCKING NEXT?!!" after Mel slays like 10 different guys.) And I'm beggin' ya - parentheses - no more < p >?

  • Dec. 23, 2010, 11:06 p.m. CST

    ahh, finally - you just hit enter! Got it!

    by Joaquin_Ondamoon

  • Dec. 24, 2010, 1:27 a.m. CST

    Love Die Hard

    by dukeroberts

    And Lethal Weapon for that matter, but the greatest Christmas movie ever is still It's a Wonderful Life. Sorry kids. It's true.

  • Dec. 24, 2010, 2:14 a.m. CST


    by Sean Moore

    "You should be on f*ckin TV with that accent."

  • Dec. 24, 2010, 2:45 a.m. CST

    Hollywood will remake it at some point

    by jack black

    mark my words.

  • Dec. 24, 2010, 3:25 a.m. CST

    I didn't know Carl Winslow shot a kid.

    by Tigger Tales

    Thanks for linking the two entities together.

  • Dec. 24, 2010, 3:26 a.m. CST

    Re: A good Christmas movie night is Die Hard and Home Alone

    by Tigger Tales

    Both have a minute or two in the airport, also. I'm glad Die Hard explored the character of Hans Gruber, because Home Alone left me wanting more of the two villains...espeically Stern.

  • Dec. 24, 2010, 3:52 a.m. CST

    Ahoy, You Fat Douche!

    by Fulham_FC

    I hate you, Quint!

  • Dec. 24, 2010, 5:43 a.m. CST

    Can't we all just agree

    by Matt

    that Lethal Weapon and Die Hard back to back is the greatest Christmas movie ever?

  • Dec. 24, 2010, 6:27 a.m. CST

    Where You Going, PAAAL?

    by The Dreaded Rear Admiral

    No more table! May not be everyone's favorite (quarterback is TOAST does seem to be), but I just ALWAYS loved that line!

  • Dec. 24, 2010, 7:14 a.m. CST

    Quoting does not exist in this dojo

    by Cobra--Kai

    My fave is...<p> "Why don't you come down and join the others..." said in cold scandinavian accent,<p> "...I promise I won't hurt you."

  • Dec. 24, 2010, 7:33 a.m. CST

    Carl Winslow did shoot a kid.

    by nobodycallsmcflyachicken

    That sane back story and speech was in an episode of the earlier Family Matters, before Urkel took complete control. I remmeber it well and thinking the writers mustv'e really liked die hard.

  • Dec. 24, 2010, 10:40 a.m. CST

    Just watched "Eyes Wide Shut"

    by ufoclub1977

    It's a Christmastime movie! Ha. There's a tree or lights in the background of multiple scenes... and the ending is even during xmas shopping for toys.

  • Dec. 24, 2010, 11:13 a.m. CST


    by MrMysteryGuest

    Because nobody else said it here! I win again!!!

  • Dec. 24, 2010, 11:15 a.m. CST


    by MrMysteryGuest

    Because I corrected myself! I win again, again!

  • Dec. 24, 2010, 11:21 a.m. CST

    Saw Die Hard last weekend

    by fix_it_in_post

    This film holds up so well. It's just great filmmaking at work. I was blasting the sound and I forgot how much I love Kamen's score. It gave my subwoofer a good workout for sure Here are a couple out of many moments that bring a smile to my face: "You shoulda heard your brother squeal while I broke his fuckin' neck!!" "No fuckin' shit lady..does it sound like I'm ordering a pizza" Endo eating the crunch bar

  • Dec. 24, 2010, 12:04 p.m. CST

    Lethal Weapon Also Has Darlene Love

    by bre32

    ...which easily gives it the edge in the "Which action film has more yuletide cheer?" category.

  • Dec. 24, 2010, 1:13 p.m. CST

    Re: fix_it_in_post

    by Tigger Tales

    Yes the pizza line is my favorite in the entire movie. We get a good delivery and yet we don't see his anxious face; only the voice on the end of the walkie talkie. <P>Sooo good!

  • Dec. 24, 2010, 1:21 p.m. CST


    by Rob


  • Dec. 24, 2010, 1:21 p.m. CST


    by Rob


  • Dec. 24, 2010, 4:39 p.m. CST

    "We are both professionals."

    by ExcaliburFfolkes

    "This is personal."

  • Dec. 24, 2010, 4:54 p.m. CST

    "So, Kareem rebounds..."

    by ExcaliburFfolkes

    "...feeds Worthy on the break, over to A.C., to Magic, back to Worthy in the lane and...Boom, two points!"

  • Dec. 24, 2010, 5:29 p.m. CST

    "Put down the gun, and give me my detonators"

    by MrDrow

    It's actually the scene right before the "shoot the glass". Watched this last night. Classic.

  • Dec. 25, 2010, 12:29 a.m. CST

    WHAT A GREAT PIC!!!!!!!!

    by Mennen

  • Dec. 25, 2010, 11:28 a.m. CST

    "Laydiss and chentlemen..."

    by Boxcutter

    "...due to its legacy of greed around the globe, the Nakatomi Corporation is about to be taught a lesson in the real use of power. You vill be witnesses..." Perfect screenplay. Bang-on performances. The gold standard of action films. End of.

  • Dec. 25, 2010, 2:20 p.m. CST


    by JethroBodine


  • Dec. 25, 2010, 2:43 p.m. CST

    Best is still Christmas Vacation

    by quintana007

    "Hey Griswold, where do you think you're gonna put a tree that big?" - "Bend over and I'll show you"

  • Dec. 25, 2010, 2:43 p.m. CST

    Or The Rep

    by quintana007

  • Dec. 25, 2010, 2:50 p.m. CST

    err THE REF

    by quintana007


  • Dec. 25, 2010, 11:26 p.m. CST

    Eat it!

    by HadWoodenTeethChasedMobyDick


  • Dec. 25, 2010, 11:27 p.m. CST

    best holday actions movies is die harder

    by HadWoodenTeethChasedMobyDick

    followed by long kiss goodnite, last boyscout and the money train

  • Dec. 26, 2010, 11:47 a.m. CST

    A Christmas Story with Terrorists

    by cwazyfrank

    I'm glad someone else put it out there, too. I'm not "cwazy" after all. I feel Die Hard (and to a much lesser extent, DH2) ARE Christmas movies and are perfect entertainment for Christmas. It's a film about love of family and deep commitment, even with their personal failings. It just happens to have machine guns and one of my favorite Helicopter explosions, ever.

  • Dec. 26, 2010, 12:19 p.m. CST

    So hard to pick between Die Hard and LW.

    by SID 8.0

    Easily my favorite Christmas movies. Favorite line in DH. McLane on the roof tying the fire hose around his waist. "What the fuck are you doing John?"

  • Dec. 26, 2010, 4:47 p.m. CST

    i watch die hard once a christmas

    by HadWoodenTeethChasedMobyDick

    i watch lethal weapon like 7 times a year

  • Dec. 26, 2010, 4:48 p.m. CST

    ace of wands

    by HadWoodenTeethChasedMobyDick

    lethal weapon 2 takes place right before thanksgiving. if u seen the deleted scenes.

  • Dec. 26, 2010, 5:35 p.m. CST

    Best Christmas movies

    by Keith

    Does Trading Places count?

  • Dec. 27, 2010, 10:38 p.m. CST

    "the asian dawn?"

    by abandonedstation

    "i saw them on sixty minutes." "i am an exceptional thief, Mrs. McClane - and since I'm moving up to kidnapping, you should be more polite." "just a fly in the ointment, hans. the monkey in the wrench. the pain in the ass." proof that brilliant characterization and dialogue typically makes a very good action flick a bona fide classic.

  • Dec. 28, 2010, 1:10 a.m. CST


    by abandonedstation

    and i fucked up the line.